Harvey Norman franchisee Chris Robson with a set-top box.
Harvey Norman franchisee Chris Robson with a set-top box.

Last-minute rush to go digital

IN JUST seven days, the world of analogue television will be switched off.

Antenna installation groups have been hard at work over the past few weeks, preparing people for the digital revolution.

TV Magic franchisee Nick Howell said he had been flat out installing the new technology across the Southern Downs in recent weeks.

"It's definitely picking up, we're doing about four to five installations a day which is pretty good," Mr Howell said.

But Mr Howell said many had chosen to leave the switch until the last minute.

"They've been doing it for a few months, but there's definitely more now who have left it until the last few weeks," he said.

Most are opting to purchase an entire new television with the digital tuner already embedded into it rather than tackling the set-top box.

"A lot are choosing the televisions, because the set-top boxes can be confusing, especially for elderly people," Mr Howell said.

Those who do not make the switch before next Tuesday will see a loss of signal on their televisions; however some old antennas have been known to pick up the digital signal.

"Some are picking up the digital signal, but it depends on where they live," Mr Howell said.

"The more remote you live, the more difficult it is to pick up a signal."

In one week, viewers will have the benefits of more channels, clearer picture and sharper sound quality.

People are reminded that each television in the household will need the digital antenna.

Call your local antenna installation guys today to get your house digital ready.


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